We’re not here for long enough to worry.


The Courier-Mail - QWeekend - - UPFRONT - ALI­SON WALSH

A vivid child­hood mem­ory is … I moved with my fam­ily from Syd­ney to Bourke [in north-west NSW] in 1983 when I was four or five. The Dar­ling River flooded and I re­mem­ber lots of red mud and wa­ter. It was the first time I ex­pe­ri­enced the full force of na­ture. My most trea­sured pos­ses­sion is … a carved wooden cas­tle my grand­fa­ther had in his Cas­tle Car­a­van Shop in [Syd­ney’s] Cas­tle Hill. The word that best de­scribes me is … nuts, in a good way. My first job was … I’ve never had a job. I joined [rock band] Grin­spoon when I was 17 … now the band is in hia­tus [and] I have no re­sumé, I have never been gain­fully em­ployed. My favourite smell is … I’ve been cook­ing a bit as I don’t have a job and my wife works. I like the smell of cook­ing; last night it was meat­loaf and tonight it’s pa­prika chicken. A book I couldn’t put down was …. A Con­fed­er­acy of Dunces [by Amer­i­can nov­el­ist John Kennedy Toole]; I loved that. A song that gives me goose­bumps is … Cov­ered in Chrome by Vi­o­lent Soho. I re­lax by … tak­ing my dog to the beach. And I like beer. My great­est achieve­ment has been … the fam­ily my wife and I have cre­ated. I had to al­ter my be­hav­iour to make that work. I had to grow up. And then with the band, all the songs we wrote and trav­el­ling to­gether for 18 years, that’s an achieve­ment as well. The per­son I most ad­mire is … not [federal Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter] Christo­pher Pyne. My next chal­lenge is to … go on stage and sing The White Al­bum [by the Bea­tles] in July with three other guys. And I’ve got to vac­uum and wash up and fold the wash­ing this af­ter­noon. The point of life is … to have some fun. We’re not here for long enough to worry. Jamieson, 37, lives in Port Mac­quarie, NSW. He joins Chris Cheney from The Liv­ing End, Tim Rogers from You Am I, Josh Pyke and a 17-piece orches­tra to per­form the White Al­bum Con­cert at QPAC Lyric Theatre, next Sun­day at 3pm and 7pm. Whiteal­bum­con­cert.com

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